City Shelter Celebrates Carifest with Adoption Discounts

Rochester, NY (August 8, 2014) — The City of Rochester’s Animal Services Center will join in the celebration of the 30th Annual Caribbean Festival (CARIFEST 2014) on Saturday August 9 by offering $50 discounts on all adoptions throughout the day. Please note that Verona Street will be closed to traffic during the festival but shelter visitors can gain access from Plymouth Avenue or simply walk across the street from the festival site. Play yard activities will be cancelled for the day in favor of a group dog walk outing to Greece Canal Park Saturday morning but all dogs will be back at the shelter and available for visitations and adoption by the time the shelter opens at 11 a.m.

Come down to Verona Street to enjoy the music, food, and culture of the Caribbean and step into the shade and air conditioned Animal Services Center to visit with the adoptable animals,” said Chris Fitzgerald, Director of Animal Services Director. “If you are planning a day at the festival, take the opportunity to stop in and say hello. Or if you were planning to visit the shelter this Saturday to adopt, don’t be deterred by the festival crowds, and instead consider joining in the celebration,” said Director of Animal Services Chris Fitzgerald.

Rochester Animal Services is the City of Rochester’s animal care and control agency located in Rochester at 184 Verona Street just north of Kodak and Frontier Field. For more information on adoptions, spay and neuter, volunteering, or becoming a foster care-giver, contact the Center at (585) 428-7274 or visit us online at

More Information about Rochester Animal Services (RAS):
● RAS provided shelter for 2,419 cats and 2,763 dogs during Fiscal Year 2013-2014.
● RAS has achieved a save rate of over 70% throughout 2014
● RAS operates the animal shelter where stray and surrendered pets are temporarily housed.
● The animal shelter serves as a pet lost-and-found resource, pet adoption center, and lowcost spay neuter clinic.
● The shelter is open to the public Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Wednesday until 7:30 p.m.), and is closed Sundays and select holidays.

The Verona Street Animal Society is dedicated to raising awareness and providing the resources necessary to enable Rochester Animal Services to more effectively serve the public need for animal care and control, pet sterilization, and animal adoption services. In cooperation with the City of Rochester, the Verona Street Animal Society supports the mission of Rochester Animal Services. For more information about the Verona Street Animal Society visit our webpage at and “Like us” on Facebook at Follow us on Twitter at

News Media: For more information, contact Chris Fitzgerald, Director of Animal Services, at 428-7274,